Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends. – John 15:15a
Close friends came to visit our family last week. Missionaries to Tanzania, they had quite a harrowing journey back to the States recently, and much to share with us about that adventure and others.
They are the kind of friends – honestly, perhaps our only friends – with whom we can be completely ourselves.
We attended college together, where our friendship began more than twenty years ago. Our children are the same ages. We are similar in so many ways, from our sense of humor to our world view to our faith, that our conversation is always easy and unguarded.
We can trust them with matters of the heart and turn to them for encouragement and advice.
When we spend time with them, we leave feeling edified, strengthened, and loved – not because of anything we have done for them, but simply because they understand us and appreciate us as we are.
As I prayed for my friends this week, the Holy Spirit reminded me that Jesus is just such a friend.
There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24b
Oh, I know that Jesus loves me, but sometimes I look at his love as more universal than personal. He loves everyone, after all.
I forget that he has the capacity and the desire to be my best friend, just as he wants to be yours.
Always available, he is the ideal listener and the perfect counselor.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20
As the Son of God, he forgives our sins and supplies our needs.
As the Son of Man, he sympathizes with our weaknesses and empathizes with our emotions.
He “gets” us, even better than our best earthly friends.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16
Do you have a best friend? Would you consider your relationship with Christ a friendship?